Top Ten – Jay Stephens

With comics including The Land Of Nod, Jetcat and Atomic City Tales, Jay Stephens has established himself as one of the great contemporary humour cartoonists. However, it’s his creation of two animated series, Tutenstein and The Secret Saturdays, with which Stephens is shaping the next generation of Monster Kids. And as if all that weren’t enough, he also runs Cute Creeps From Pop Culture, one of the finest old school horror blogs. Somehow he found the time to send in the following list.

Really hard to narrow it down to only 10, and my list shifts all the time depending on mood, but here you go. Jay Stephens’ top 10 horror movies…

#10- An American Werewolf In London. The Oscar-Winning John Landis masterpiece is utterly surreal and at turns blackly humorous and genuinely unsettling. Still holds up nicely.

#9- El Orfanato (The Orphanage). Thought I’d throw in a recent-vintage film that I felt succeeded in gorgeously artful horror. Bayona delivers a heart-achingly horrifying story that stays with you for days.

#8- The Abominable Dr. Phibes. Robert Fuest directed this bizarre camp-fest that has become my favorite Vincent Price film after repeated viewings, even though the actor never actually moves his mouth to speak! I enjoy a little humor with my horror…

#7- Kwaidan. This 1964 masterpiece by Masaki Kobayashi is an anthology of four hauntingly wonderful Japanese ghost stories. Fantastic stuff.

#6- Fright Night. Tom Holland’s 1985 self-referential take on the horror genre is still a fave from my youth.

#5- I Tre Volti Della Paura (Black Sabbath). Another anthology, this time by the master Mario Bava. All three stories are superb.

#4- The Thing. John Carpenter scared the crap out of me with this one as a kid. It’s still thoroughly terrifying.

#3- Creepshow. E.C.. comics plus Steven King plus George A. Romero plus the anthology format that I’m so obviously partial to. I love this flick!

#2- Bride Of Frankenstein. James Whale’s 1935 sequel surpasses the original, and remains my favorite of all the early Monster Movies.

#1- The Wicker Man. Robin Hardy’s 1975 thriller is my favorite scary movie. Creepy, unique, and starring the brilliant Christopher Lee.

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